F3 Knoxville

Take Me to Church

THE SCENE: Low 60’s, cool and feels like fall is in the air.

Not a professional

Here on own volition

Know your injuries and modify

Covid 19 social distancing


Cherry picker X10 IC

Side Straddle Hops X25 IC

Tempo Merkins X 20 IC

Tempo Squat X10 IC

Little baby arm circles X15 forward/reverse IC

PAX grabbed CMUs and moseyed to church parking lot. 11s completed the full length of the parking lot with 3 sets of exercises as follows:

1. Up and under merkins

Hillbilly squat walker 4 CT

2. Hand release merkins

Bring CMU to top of parking lot- CMU Thrusters

3. CMU back to bottom of parking lot- inclined merkins

Later lunges 2 CT

Bring CMU back to AO and end at 45 minutes with no time for abs.

14 Total
I joined F3 months ago and has been a blessing in my life in a time where I have self doubt and complacency issues. Waking up at 5am for a workout has helped discipline spread to other facets of my life. F3 has provided me structure and organization I needed.

”The most important conversations you’ll ever have are the ones you’ll have with yourself. You wake up with them, you walk around with them, you go to bed with them, and eventually you act on them. Whether they be good or bad. We all our own worst haters and doubters because self doubt is a natural reaction to any bold attempt to change your life for the better. You can’t stop it from blooming in your brain, but you can neutralize it, and all the other external chatter by asking, What if?” David Goggins, Can’t Hurt Me


Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”


Sprint Work with a Suicidal Finish

THE SCENE: Mid 70’s with a welcomed breeze on the football field.
Warm-up jog to the football field. Just over .5 miles

The Thang:
Sprint Work with a Suicidal Finish:

  • 5 Rounds:
    • 10 Air Squats
    • 20 Yard Sprint
    • Walk Back to Start
  • 5 Rounds:
    • 5 Iron Mikes (2ct)
    • 40 Yard Sprint
    • Walk Back to Start
  • 50 Yard Suicide
    • 10 Merkins
    • 20 BBS
    • 30 Shoulder Taps
    • 40 Ankle Touches
    • 50 1 Leg Line Jumps
    • Jog laps around the field for the 6

1 Round OYO:
(10) Ankle Touches
(10) BBS
(10) LBC


Winners Focus on Winning. Losers Focus on Winners.

How much better individuals could we be if we took the energy focused on others in envy and spent that time reflecting on ourselves? Do not compare yourself to others, focus on you bettering you. This will bleed into the men around us and to those we impact day to day.  Stop dwelling over others and spend that time in reflection and prayer of how you can become better for you and those around you!
Galatians 6:4-5: Let each person examine his own work, and then he can take pride in himself alone, and not compare himself with someone else. For each person will have to carry his own load.


Triple Dora w a side of Frisbee

THE SCENE: 70s maybe


SSH x20 IC 4 ct

Merkins x10 IC 4 ct

Imperial Squat walkers x26 4 ct IC( waiting on FINS) 🙂

Yog to the baseball field for a quick game of Whamo lunge( chuck the frisbee, sprint to frisbee while its in the air. once it lands, lunge the rest of the way) x5-6 times

Triple Dora

  • Group 1 on one end, group 2 on the other end of the grinder, with group 2 running from one end to another to start. Once group 2 gets to one end, they relieve that pax at that end and the next group runs to the other end. keeping running back and forth switching sides but doing exercises on each end . Group of 3 pax will keep count dora style as they run and switch out on each end. Rounds were as follows
  • Round 1, 300 merkins on one end and 300 rows on the opposite end
  • Round 2 300 froggie squats on one end and 300 sprinter sit ups on the other end
  • Round 3, 300 CMU curls on one end and 300 CMU tris on the other end
  • If all pax were equal and time permits to finish, you would have done 100 reps of each exercise

CMU futters x20 IC, 20 CMU presses x20, CMU LBCs x20

CMU Flutters x10, CMU presses x10, CMU LBC x10

Peter parkers until time
17 pax rocked it  and overcame some of the confusion of trying to a triple dora with the wrong amount of numbers…
I had a word on Gossip, the triple Filter by Socrates but more important, I wanted to pray and be present for Mr. Rogers and his family and think about celebrating life. Garrett passed away a year ago yesterday. Celebrate life, its short and not guaranteed. Keep grinding! I know Mr. Rogers is!
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THE SCENE: 72 degrees F., 92% humidity

SSH, Walkout Merkins, Imperial squat walkers
We utilized the Week 0 workout from the IronPax Challenge

Four Rounds for Time:

50 Squats

40 BBS

30 Merkins

20 Iron Mikes (4 Count)

10 Burpees

400 Meter Run

(Some finished and exceeded the 4 rounds in the 30+ minutes allotted for the challenge.  The intent was to give the PAX a flavor for the challenge.)

Flutter kicks, box cutters, flutter kicks, LBCs
15 HIMs – no FNGs
Romans 12:2 challenges us to not be conformed to the world but to be transformed.  If you are like me, being transformed is not a past tense activity.  I’m undergoing it in some aspects of my life and my relationship to God and His will.  Fortunately later in the verse some Bible translations use the phase “by the renewing of your mind.”  That part gives me some grace.  Not everyone experiences it like Paul, being knocked off his horse, blinded, and being transformed.  A lot of us are a work in progress; I know I am.

Starting out as a new father at the age of 23, I had some transforming to do.  I had to put aside a lot of my selfish goals and desires and become the parent my children needed and deserved.  Some would think that after 46 years of marriage to Julie I would have most things down pat.  Nope, although transformed in certain things, I still have a ways to go.  Starting in 1980, I had to learn how to transform my definition of being a boss into the true meaning of selfless leadership.  Along the 30+ years I found it sometimes too easy to slip back into the autocratic posture.  If anything, this would remind me how bad that managing style really is.  I still need to transform myself into a more caring, empathetic, and serving friend to others.  I have a great role model in Julie that has helped me make slow progress.  My introverted style has hampered me in that quest.

My faith is perhaps the most important area of my life to transform.  Along the way we all have experiences that give us a jolt or a nudge and our faith increases.  Sadly things happen that knock us back.  God want us to place our trust and our lives in His hands.  He want us to trust and believe in his Son, Jesus, and He want us to follow Him.  He wants us to be transformed.  I’m thankful that He is a loving and patient Father.

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Cards on Crumpet

  • THE SCENE: Hot and muggy
  • SSHx15
  • Windmills
  • Tempo Squats
  • Tempo Merkins
    Mosey to Mt. Crumpet with a CMU
  • Deck of Cards: Burpies, Thrusters, WW2 Sit Ups, Monkey Humpers
  • Cards 2-7:Run halfway up Crumpet and do that number of Merkins
  • 8-10 and facecards: 10 reps of respective exercises
  • 2 Jokers: Run all the way up Mt Crumpet and do 10 Iron Squats (Iron Mike+squat)
  • (We made it through about 46 cards)


  • Step Through Planks, IC
  • Bridge, Hand to Toe, IC
  • Box Cutters x20
  • LBCs

We are often overwhelmed with the feeling that we need to “win” in life but are repeatedly frustrated with things out of our control (like pandemics and hurricanes).  A verse from one of my favorite songs at church reminds me of the truth: “The Lamb has overcome, the Lamb has overcome. The battle is done and the victory is won. The Lamb has overcome.” Christ has already won the battle for us. He has won the ultimate victory against our ultimate enemy (sin and death)! We are called to trust him and be faithful, not victorious.

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